Ruth Seeley, president of Friends of Vernon Park, has shared the following statement issued by FoVP on the condition of the YWCA building:
The Friends of Vernon Park are deeply troubled by the condition of the YWCA building on the park’s northern edge. For 8 years we have watched its disintegration with increasing concern. The building has never been adequately secured, and is a magnet for crime, trash and ugliness. We hope that it will not remain unsecured any longer, no matter what its future holds. Time is of the essence, especially in this extremely harsh winter with potential major ice damage.
The community deserves a full report from city structural engineers and a clear process for proposals for the future development of the building.
Friends of Vernon Park are willing to work with others to ensure a positive outcome for everyone in the neighborhood.